Only Fools and Horses....: Season 2, Episode 7

A Touch of Glass (2 Dec. 1982)

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Returning from an auction, the Trotters stop to help a woman whose car appears to have broken down. It turns out she is a posh sort. No less than Lady Ridgemere, wife of Lord Ridgemere who ... See full summary »




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Episode complete credited cast:
Lennard Pearce ...
Elizabeth Benson ...
Lady Ridgemere
Donald Bisset ...
Wallace the Butler
Geoffrey Toone ...
Lord Ridgemere


Returning from an auction, the Trotters stop to help a woman whose car appears to have broken down. It turns out she is a posh sort. No less than Lady Ridgemere, wife of Lord Ridgemere who own the Ridgemere Hall Estate. Having towed the Lady to her stately home, Del overhears that the Lord of the Manor is having trouble with the firm he's hired to clean their chandeliers. He wastes no time in offering the Trotter's services as chandelier cleaners for a mere £350. With Rodney and Del up ladders, and an old sheet the only thing between the cut-glass chandelier and the floor, it is only natural that Grandad detaches the chandelier from the room behind them. Del's fast talking excuses are the Trotters' only chance they have of escape! Written by Rune Thandy

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The chandelier was an expensive fake and the budget couldn't afford another if something went wrong. The entire production staff turned up to view the highly anticipated shoot. The focus was kept on David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst so the audience would assume something would happen to they're chandelier, not the one in the background. When the scene was in the can, there was whoops of laughter and applause from everyone. People were rolling on the floor and Ray Butt stuffed a handkerchief in his mouth so he wouldn't laugh, ruining the shot. The crew laughed for ten minutes. See more »


Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter: [he and Rodney are about to catch a chandelier Grandad is loosening] Now, brace yourself, Rodney, brace yourself.
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Written by John Sullivan
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"Now brace yourself Rodney......Brace yourself"
7 May 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This episode is the end of the sublime second series , in my opinion the best series of "fools" and this episode is one of the most remembered of the entire run due to the infamous chandelier scene.

On the way back from a auction the trotters encounter a women who has broken down so they stop to offer their assistance. It turns out that this is no ordinary women it's Lady Ridgemere of Ridgemere Hall. Without any hesitation the Trotters tows Lady Ridgemere back home safely and invite them self's inside. Del overhears the lord on the phone and he is having trouble with his chandelier and Del suddenly see's this as an opportunity to earn a few quid. Armed with the high tech equipment( window lean and super-glue) they undertake the job of taking down two priceless chandelier's what could possibly go wrong ? .......

This episode is an absolute classic this was in fact based on a true story told to John Sullivan by his father. This was notable for being the first episode of "Fools" to attract an audience of over 10 million and it's not hard to see why. At the time the show attracted very little audience figures which is hard to understand cause in my opinion this was "Fools" at it's best during it's second series.

Best bit - Obviously the chandelier scene

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